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Shocking scenes of battle... unforgettable soldiers... heartbreaking betrayals...In this stunning, fast-paced novel, a ruthless future war unfolds in a 21st century nightmare: Los Angeles is a radioactive ruin; Europe lies bleeding; and Israel has been destroyed... with millions slaughtered. A furious America fights to reclaim the devastated Holy Land.The Marines storm ashShocking scenes of battle... unforgettable soldiers... heartbreaking betrayals...In this stunning, fast-paced novel, a ruthless future war unfolds in a 21st century nightmare: Los Angeles is a radioactive ruin; Europe lies bleeding; and Israel has been destroyed... with millions slaughtered. A furious America fights to reclaim the devastated Holy Land.The Marines storm ashore; the U.S. Army does battle in a Biblical landscape. Hi-tech weaponry is useless and primitive hatreds flare. Lt. Gen. Gary "Flintlock" Harris and his courageous warriors struggle for America's survival—with ruthless enemies to their front and treachery at their rear. Islamist fanatics, crusading Christians, and unscrupulous politicians open the door to genocide.The War After Armageddon thrusts the reader into a terrifying future in which all that remains is the horror of war—and the inspiration of individual heroism. A master at bringing to life "the eternal soldier," Ralph Peters tells a riveting tale that honors those Americans who fight and sacrifice all for a dream of freedom....

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ISBN : 9780765323552
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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The War After Armageddon Reviews

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2018-12-26 22:18

    Sadly, if I could give less than one star I would. Mr. peters has a good deal of military experience and knows a bit about the military (though he shorthands a few things here, most won't notice it.). What he doesn't understand is "actual Christianity".I won't try to give a seminar on this book's flaws. I know there will be those who want to debate the point, But, the "book" adopts the idea that all religions must be pretty much the same, if you are what is termed a "fundamentalist". The lack of understanding of Christians, Christian teaching and I truly believe of the American people in general in this book is I believe truly profound.**********88 Spoiler below line ***********(view spoiler)[The idea put forth here of a sort of theocracy in America and that the people would simply walk away from our basic beliefs (rights and protections)and not only countenance genocide (of a race and an entire religion) is sad and hopefully misplaced. I know many people will relish that picture of Christians and for that matter Americans...even the picture he paints of the military but to use the same word again, I believe he is profoundly wrong.If he is not this country, this people, and Christians will need to fall a great deal... If we can come to what is pictured here then all we believe and have believed must be abandoned or been totally wrong to begin with. I Cor. 15:19 says "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable."The odd thing here of course is that the story while it rejects, or to be kind is ignorant of, actual Christianity, it upholds the picture of fallen man...To each his own. I know some will like this book for the very reasons I can't. Enjoy if that's you. I can not recommend it and give it 1 star, because there is no lower rating possible.Just me. Judge for yourself. (hide spoiler)]

  • Andy Wixon
    2018-12-28 22:16

    So, I was in Las Vegas (I write that like it's a routine occurence, which it isn't), my flight back to Heathrow was delayed by five hours and I was suddenly in danger of running out of books to read on the plane back to London (only another 500 pages of Under the Dome left). I didn't want to buy just any old airport novel - you know the sort of thing, about a lawyer or a cop or an ex-soldier thrust into a web of intrigue and danger, etc - and this one looked like it was borderline SF-y and post-apocalyptic (my brain picked up on the subtle clue in the title... So that's why I bought it.And while it indeeds borders on being post-apocalyptic SF it does not actually cross that border in any meaningful way. As the blurb makes clear, the story takes place in an ugly near-future: Wahabist bombings have taken place across Europe, a fanatically fundamentalist regime has been elected in the States, LA and Vegas have been nuked and a new Caliphate has eradicated Israel as a state. However, all this has already happened by the start of the novel, which is almost entirely set in Palestine as various US forces (Army, Marines, and a new Christian militia) struggle to reclaim the area, dealing with political machinations and devious stratagems from both the enemy and their own government along the way.And the author clearly knows his onions - in his notes he apologises for over-simplifying the details and jargon, but I was still following the vague tune rather than understanding every word. Experts on things military may well have lapped it up but I found it rather dry and colourless. Despite the inclusion of various maps it's tricky to keep a grasp on the exact details of the manoeuvering going on.So it's all a bit technical and macho, albeit convincingly so. A more serious problem is that I couldn't help feeling I was being preached at all the way through - Peters has an agenda, which he makes clear from the dedication page onwards - 'To those who solemnly swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,' he intones, and if there was a font named Grave you can bet he would've used it. And as a result, the Moslem characters in this novel get off fairly lightly - the real demons in human form are the fundamentalist Christians who are enthusiastically amalgamating Church and State, and who are more or less completely unscrupulous bastards. Now this may cause a problem for Peters, in that many of the constitution-revering folks he's dedicated his book to are probably Tea Party-supporting churchgoers, and who may object to the depiction of Christians in this book - but as I say, that's his problem. My problem is that if you're going to start writing books purporting to be fictional accounts of realistic, though doom-laden, possible events then they have to be credible possible events.I'm no great fan of the Christian right - and that's putting it extremely mildly - but I still refuse to believe they're capable of the atrocities they get up to in this book: the cold-blooded murder of other Americans, let alone the ideological purge carried out by nuke that events finally build up to. Wouldn't it be terrible if psychotic fundamentalist maniacs took over the country and turned it into a theocracy? seems to be the question Peters is posing. Well, yes, obviously it would. It would also be terrible if the world's cement turned into yoghurt overnight and all the houses fell down, but that's no reason to start scaremongering about it, not least because it's an absurd idea.(If, of course, I turn out to be wrong, and many years after I write you're reading an illicit copy of this Forbidden Text while in hiding from the Hounds of God - well, what can I say? Oops. Greetings from the past. I hope Doctor Who is still running.) I don't really care that the writer is positioning himself rather awkwardly, as a right-winger trying to sound warning bells against people only slightly more right-wing than he is. My concern is this book as a work of fiction, and it's really only so-so. If you like lots of detailed military jargon and descriptions of different kinds of action, coupled with political goings-on you'll probably rather enjoy it. Personally I found those characters who weren't implausible to all be a bit samey and stereotypical, and the events - as I've said - to be somewhat overblown.The lesson Peters wanted me to take away from this book was, I think, that one should take personal responsibility for the protection of one's liberties, or risk losing them forever. The lesson I actually took away was that sometimes one should take a chance on running out of things to read - it's not like you can ever get too much sleep while flying from one continent to another, is it?

  • Christopher
    2019-01-16 21:10

    A face paced military thriller that keeps you wonder what's going to happen next. While a work a fiction the author's note at the end does bring to light some of the themes of the book that others find controversial: religious fanaticism and our military's over reliance on technology. To the second I can have first hand knowledge. GPS were becoming smaller and less cumbersome when I left the Army in 1995 and already the up and coming troops were using them as a crutch in navigation instead of map and compass. Friends were telling me that night driving without night-vision devices was forbidden. We are high-teching ourselves right off the battlefield.As to the religious element it is a plot element taken to the extreme or so I hope. One can easily see what is happening today as being the ground work of the future as seen in this book but that would be over simplifying humanity.For those who would give the book a low rating because it "mocks" religion just remember that's why you find it in the fiction section. Its an exciting read for those of the Tom Clancy and Harold Coyle genre, leave it at that.

  • Josh
    2019-01-01 20:01

    One of the most refreshing “what if?” books I’ve read in awhile.Not a happy book, Peters takes the reader 50 years into the future where a full on Crusade is occurring, modern weapons and all. I enjoyed the military aspects of the book as well as the political/religious rationale leading up to the book’s conclusion, though the latter part was chilling. Good read.

  • Ed Malewitz
    2019-01-17 01:02

    As all of Peter's books, he gets the technology and details right. The premise is very disturbing, and, unfortunately, quite plausible.If the US-Islamic Terror war we are currently waging seems bad, the future Peters describes is so much worse.

  • Jack
    2019-01-19 18:13

    A disturbing and depressing book. Peters clearly belongs to the school that believes religion - all religion - is the source of all evil in the world and that there is no difference from one religion to another. All are ultimatley based on a foundation of blood thirsty fanaticsm.In the near future, a United States, weary of the clash of civilization conflict with Islam, elects a fundamentalist Christian Vice President, reconstitutes the National Guard as the Military Order of the Brothers in Christ (MOBIC) and embarks on a new Crusade to militarily conquer the Middle East and defeat the "Jihadi's."Islam, the Army and Marine Corps with all their non-religious traditionaly patriotic soldiers, and the Constitution are all victims of the "Christian" reorganiaztion of America. No anti-Christian cliche is missed in the narative. The MOBIC troops are arrogant and incompetent, the Christian cause is advanced by deceit, intimidation and assasination. The primary Christian character is a misogynist sexual deviant. The remants of the IDF double-cross the traditional Army and throw in with the MOBIC forces in a deal to restore Israel (which has been destroyed by a "Jihadi" nuclear strike prior to the time line of this book. They should know what's in store for them: "The Jews killed Christ," says our misogynist Christian General, "we're going to remind them."The Constituition is "amended" to allow the President to serve as many terms as he wishes and to be elected on Sunday by a show of hands in church.The story ends with a book burning; Moll Flanders, The Great Gatsby, Hamlet, Anna Karenina... "I miss them still" says the story's narator, the "Judas" who betrayed the last great American General.Now when you watch Ralph Peters give expert military commentary on Fox News, you know who you're watching.

  • Gerry Claes
    2019-01-17 19:03

    I enjoy Ralph Peters analysis of the conflicts in the middle east and thought he might present an interesting scenario as to how things might play out in this novel. The basis of the story is that a number of nuclear Bombs have been used in Israel, Europe, parts of the United States and the middle east. The United states is being overtaken by Christian zealots who have become a major political force and have their own army, Military Order of the Brothers in Christ (MOBIC). MOBIC wants to replace the US army as the country's military force.The final conflict is set in Israel which has been devastated by war and the three armies; the Muslim Jihad i Corp, The MOBIC, and the US-army are vying for control of the most holy places. In theory the US Army and the MOBIC are on the same side but in actuality they are at odds with one another. In the end this is a story of the conflict between Christian and Muslim zealots and non religious professional soldiers. This could have been a very good read but Colonel Peters gets so deep into military jargon that unless you have attended one of the military academies or the War College you tend to get lost in the muddle. There are nine pages of glossary explaining all of the acronyms used in the book. If Colonel Peter's target audience is active and retired military personnel then he hit the bulls eye. If his target audience is the general public then he missed his mark.

  • Eric Johnson
    2019-01-16 00:01

    When I was younger, when I was entranced by a book, I stayed up real late, knowing that I was going to wake up early. The War after Armageddon.... Wow. All I can say about just finishing this book that it really is an eye-opener. Some spoilers... but who cares? Anyways, it's a fictional war against the US against the Muslims. The US is falling into a Theocracy rather than a democracy, and oh by the way, it's not "guys with AKs and Turbans", we're talking a modern, fierce opponent that can Stop The Might Of The US. But it's not about that, no way. From different perspectives that is very Tom Clancy-esque (but seriously very well done) really shows what could happen in a real war... against the Muslims.From experience in two Muslim oriented societies when looking down a barrel, Ralph Peters doesn't make the Muslims "the extreme bad guys" a la Team America, nor makes the US force the "Almighty Crusade against the Heathens", but there is that in there too. And an ending I didn't expect, and quite honestly, is a book to me about who's really right, and also how you can be wrong at the same time. Well worth the afternoon spent reading it. I had nothing better to do but this book? It gave me a lot to do.

  • John Hanscom
    2018-12-31 23:05

    If there is one contemporary novel I would make required reading, this one would be it (along with The Handmaid's Tale), especially under the present political and religious climate, both here and abroad. The premise is simple - a group of radical Islamists use nuclear weapons to try to conquer the world, especially the US, for their version of Islam. The US retaliates. However, within the US, the religious right uses this as an excuse to begin an inexorable takeover of the government. This novel occurs midway in the process, where there are two forces battling the Islamic fundamentalists - the regular forces and the forces of the fundamentalist Christians. Mr. Peters gets war right (I know; I have been there - I would suggest, before reading the book, those who have not been to war read the glossary in back before beginning). He also gets the political and religious climate spot on. Finally, the tension in this book is not only military, but two profoundly different views of Christianity opposed to each other. This is a profoundly moving - and frightening - book.

  • Toledogolf
    2019-01-06 23:09

    I was disturbed by the book and felt it was completely unrealistic. It is my belief that a vast portion of the population would need to be dead for our society to fall so far over the line. The author wishes it to be a plausable society that tolerates the eradication of an entire race and religion. The author would have you believe that book burning and forcing people to follow your religious beliefs would be tolerated. In essence the author wants you to believe that if Adolph Hitler were alive today that he could lead the USA and that we would love him. The author fails to remember that the USA is a great melting pot. The the USA practices many religions or no religion at all. Yet he goes on his tirade and then pauses to mention that he may not believe the drivel he writes. Before you waste your time consider that I would place this writing on par with a novel titled "How to Rape Children". It is depressing and wicked. I can't get his ethnic cleansing out of my mind. It is so disturbing.

  • Alain Dewitt
    2019-01-11 20:15

    I am starting to think that I should put Ralph Peters into the same category I created for John Le Carre. Allow me to explain. I have read several Le Carres. And every time I finish myself I promise myself I won't read any others. Only to dupe myself later into reading another. Lather, rinse, repeat.I think this is the third Peters book I've read and it's by far the worst. The plot is a bit on the far-fetched side but I can forgive that. Fiction writers are supposed to stretch the boundaries of verisimilitude. And Peters handles the action, what little there is of it, relatively well. His main problems - and they are significant - are character and dialogue. His characters all remind me of Tom Clancy's characters: all-American types who lack any real flaws (or depth). As bad as that is, his dialogue is worse. All his characters basically speak in cliches.So, having finished this Ralph Peters book, I am vowing not to read any more. Hopefully I won't get suckered in (by myself) again.

  • B
    2019-01-11 19:53

    This is a frighteningly realistic look at what could easily be the near future of warfare for the United States military. Peters takes readers on a vivid journey through an all out war in the Middle East between radical Islamist regimes, and the US that begins with nuclear / dirty bombs exploding in several European and US cities. In addition to exploring what "modern" warfare could look like in a world of constant EMP and electronic jamming, Peters also gives us a peek into what the US will look like if Theocrats are allowed to take over. Once the US elects a radical fundamentalist reverend to the White House, a new branch of the military is formed solely to fight this Armageddon, and take back holy sites. The conflict between religious fanaticism and the Constitution is played out on the battlefield. Overall a great book despite a minor issue with chronology in one part.

  • Jack
    2018-12-23 23:52

    Like Frankie said, this book could have been huge - in size and impact. This is a story about the military engagement after the US is nuked in LA and Vegas, and the religious right rises up to form its own military arm to fight back. The ol' US Army and Marines are left to fight with the left-overs that the Evangelical avengers leave behind. And the US Army general, "Flintlock" Harris, is a great character who could have withstood so much more fictional development. A religious man himself, he wasn't one to get taken in by any form of extremism. Ultimately this was an interesting take on a future that COULD happen if cooler heads do not prevail. Unfortunately the book was too short and choppy, but maybe someone else will come along and run with something similar, if it hasn't already been done without me gettin' the memo.

  • Philip Boling
    2018-12-23 00:04

    One of those, I need to have something on the plane to read. The book has two heroic individuals, with strong moral compasses who are willing to die for others and they are obliged.Everyone else including the author is well, jaded I think best describes the book; somehow the author gives the impression that 99.8% of religious people have become hate mongers with zero humanity, I mean zero humanity.Author's theory: religion = hate filled fanaticism.Therefore: simplistic religion = genocide = end of humanity.The most popular form of exclamation of course is the "F" word.One redeeming feature of the book is that a view point is shared; was that too subtle?

  • Frank Roberts
    2019-01-02 19:52

    While the writing and the plot were effective and interesting, I just couldn't accept the premise. Yes, I can accept that Muslim extremists will go too far one day, nuke a city or two and force an overwhelming response that will result in massive suffering. What I can't buy is that the response will be couched in terms of a Crusade, and that the US would become a Christian polity. Our nation is too secular, and divided too much. Any attempt to force a Christian coup here would be strongly opposed, and would result in civil disorder. Even with Muslims using nukes. So I couldn't buy that whole vital part of the story. Our fundamentalists are not like theirs.

  • James
    2019-01-09 17:10

    Very good, though also very depressing. As a retired military type I appreciated the skill with which the author translated a lot of military jargon into clear English, making the story much more accessible for readers who haven't had occasion to learn that jargon, and did so without making the dialogue or narrative feel stilted.This story also addresses a pet worry of mine: the growing influence of hateful fanaticism in both domestic and world politics. The author did an excellent job of showing what it would be like - what it is like in too many places in the world - to live under an ideologically extreme government that uses terror, censorship, and deception to control its own people.

  • Caroline
    2019-01-03 19:57

    An interesting and utterly depressing view of our future. One of the strengths of this book is that it addresses the religious fundamentalism that is growing within our own country as a parallel to Muslim fundamentalism. It's nice to see someone remember that Christians are quite talented at holy wars themselves. On a literary note (having not ever read contemporary military fiction before!), the book takes quite a long time establishing characters and locations before anything actually happens. I was impatient. But once things start to move, about halfway through, they are swift and the book becomes a page-turner.

  • Bernie Davis
    2018-12-31 22:18

    Ralph Peters is a talented writer, with obvious ideology in his bones. The story he presents here borders on plausible and very worth having an understanding of what can go wrong in these days of memory of 9/11 and all these terrible events of the last 10 to 20 years.Israel has been obliterated but not defeated. The USA is not the USA - but parts remain .... Saying anything more gives away too much - I recommend it - but, be prepared to question - could that really happen? Many times, the answer is yes - that could happen.

  • Scott Hermann
    2019-01-04 23:52

    Nightmare scenario near-future techno-thriller depicts the end of the US and its current military in the face of a rising tide of domestic religious fundamentalists and amoral political opportunists. Tom Clancy in ashes: weapons fail, valor fails, the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. Initially put-off by thin characters and obvious failure of copy-editing, but won over by the plot and the bits of sometimes nihilistic speculation about possible cultural need for heretics. Not a great piece of writing, but an engaging concept.

  • John Devlin
    2019-01-21 20:22

    Initially, I was skeptical. The book starts w/an abundance of military lingo, and though I've always liked Clancy's techno-thrillers it's easy to go overboard. But the novel grows as does the characters, and the G.I. Joe caricatures melt into some thing far more interesting. Couple this w/ several shock and awe moments of a writer doing the surprising and some interesting near future sci-fi turns and this is Mission Accomplished.

  • Sharyn
    2018-12-28 21:59

    Excessive use of F word--- too much military jargon and acronyms... I am glad the author reduced them (claims author in endnotes) very little story line. Just war details. I would add this to worst books of all time.If you do decide to read this book check out the glossary FIRST as well as the list of characters.

  • Ed Coet
    2019-01-04 20:22

    This is an enjoyable and intriguing read. Author Ralph Peters brings a career of military intelligence experience to the written page to make this suspenseful read entirely credible. I highly recommend this book to others.

  • Gnimsh
    2018-12-29 01:19

    It was interesting, but I had hoped it would go into more depth about what was happening in the US, or maybe even that it was happening in the US.Whatever though, I'm still a sucker for this genre.

  • David K.
    2018-12-27 19:03

    Pretty good tale, my first foray into post-apocalyptic fiction. I was worried it would paint Muslims in an overly negative way. but Peters seems to understand that we're all piles of shit who are bound to murder eachother in the end. Yay!

  • Ben Rand
    2019-01-12 21:06

    This was an unusually good find. It reminded me (scared me, actually) of 1984. A bleak look at a possible future that is so close to reality.

  • Destiny
    2019-01-15 20:06

    Realistic, well-written battle scenes. The political environment is frighteningly real. I just hope this isn't some were premonition of things to come.

  • Drue Allen
    2019-01-03 01:17

    I only gave this a 4 b/c it was a bit difficult to read - but an excellent book and well written. I'll read another by Col. Peters.

  • Ron
    2019-01-11 00:18

    Ralph Peters has progressed as a writer, but his characters still tend to be cardboard cut-outs. Now, his action sequences/battle scenes are quite good.

  • Steven
    2019-01-16 17:03

    Not a big Fiction reader, but very much enjoyed this book. Col. Peters has a very informed perspective. He does some very "educated" creative writing.

  • Richard White
    2019-01-02 01:07

    Very good read! Makes you think about the post apocalyptic world. Highly recommended and it stimulates your thinking.